AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 87

Andover Flight Academy
In addition to teaching tailwheel novices, Damian DelGaizo and his staff
at Andover Flight Academy also offer advanced tailwheel training, bush
flying techniques, and-when the
snow is good-skiplane flying.
Aircraft available for training include the Piper J-3 Cub; a custombuilt, 160-horsepower Super Cub
with slotted wings for maximum
performance; and a 1943 Boeing
Stearman biplane for advanced tailwheel, aerobatic, and high-performance training. The only nosewheel
on the flight line is a Cessna 172 Skyhawk that is used for some hours of
primary instruction.
If you can't come to him, DelGaizo can come to you-on DVD.
His instructional DVDs, Tailwheel:
101, Tailwheel: 201, and Ski Flying:
101 are available from the Andover
Flight Academy website (www.andoveracademy.com) or at Sporty's
Pilot Shop (www.sportys.com).

has improved with each successive landing while continually thinking of the
control stick as a ratchet wrench. "Pull
back or hold only. No moving forward,"
is my mantra.
As with every rule, there is an exception. "If you've really yanked back too
hard and the nose is pointing at the sky,
it's time to go around," he says. Don't try
to save it. Fortunately, we never experienced that during my training.
This "ratchet wrench" way of thinking
helped me begin making decent landings
in the tricky tailwheel. It worked for me
and my particular situation, and maybe it
can help other tailwheel pilots with similar problems.
Of course, the real lesson here has
nothing to do with how to land a tailwheel airplane. What's most important
is to find an innovative instructor, like
DelGaizo, who will come up with an
explanation-or or a different way of
thinking about a problem-to ensure each
student's progress.
AOPA
DENNIS K. JOHNSON is a freelance writer

and pilot living in New York City.

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